In the back of my mind, I knew it was a special day. Two years ago, on Wednesday September 3rd we ran into each other at Tantra. Most friends have heard that story, at least a time or two, so I won't go into it. But ever since then, we have been inseparable, and we have been in love. I now know the feeling of knowing you have met the one. That person who makes everything in the world seem right, and beautiful; the person that seems to finish your sentences and know what you are thinking...and I knew that if he was thinking anything close to what I was thinking...this would be the perfect day for him to propose
Mother Nature provided us with cooler weather for the whole day (which we needed with as much as Jon had planned as far as driving around without ac) and such a beautiful sunset it seemed even she knew what we needed to throughly enjoy our day. Jon and I went to San Antonio, and Bastrop, back to San Marcos and then to New Braunfels- visiting places from our short, but pleasant and seemingly long, relationship- we had a picnic on a rooftop, and went back to the place where it all began. And the whole day I was thinking..."oh it would be romantic if he proposed here, because this is where we met" and; "surely this would be nice, this is where we had our first date" on and on, all day I thought it might be nice...
And then at the river, the last place we went on the first day we met... I thought- this is it, he'll do it here. We swam and enjoyed the river, and Jon as always was trying to find a rock for this special occasion. So he's off trying to find a rock, and I am clinging to the side of the steps, waiting for this "rock" and as I was waiting I thought, for a moment that maybe, just maybe the rock he was "looking" for would be attached to a band of gold. But that moment quickly dissolved when I saw the rock he was soo happy to have found. It was a rock, a flat rock with a beautiful scene painted on it. And my heart sank...after thinking maybe just maybe this would be the day...I realized it wasn't, and tried showing excitement for this beautiful painting, even though that was all it was going to be, when I really wanted more. And I was looking at it, when he asked me to turn in over. I slowly turned it over, and there, written on the back was:
"Catherine Anne Eberle,
Will You Marry Me?"
The world stopped. I looked at him and the words had escaped me, swiftly down the river they flew. I drew in a breath, and he asked with a shaky voice "Catherine, will you marry me?" I responded, "Yes" and thinking that wasn't an exuberant enough of a response I said "Yes of course I will." Of course at this moment, I realized that while I was clinging to the stairs while the river was trying to sweep me away I had cut my foot quite badly on the side of the river bank, so I took this opportunity to let go of the side, and cling onto him...
He had champagne, and (Jon-made) dark chocolate covered strawberries waiting... the most perfect day turned into on of the best days of our life together~ Forever.
I was so caught up in the moment (and the river) that I had forgotten to ask about the ring. I didn't even think there would be a ring at this point. He's good, but I didn't realize he was that good. I should have.
Before we got out of the river, he asked me if I wanted to see the ring. It was such a surreal moment. Here I am, with the love of my life, and I didn't even remember that there is supposed to be a ring. Silly me. Most girls dream of the perfect ring, and the perfect wedding...I always dreamed of the perfect man. That once faceless man in my dreams now had a face and a voice, and we were going to share our lives together...oh how dreams come true is amazing. One minute you think you have everything you need, and the next you are swept into this whirlwind romance....
Here I go again- I've forgotten about the ring. Well, the ring was beautiful and more than I expected. Not only did he have it, but he had it on his pinkie finger...in the river! He and my sister had been in cahoots together on the ring buying/creating. They found the stone in one ring, and designed the setting in another. Creating something new from something old. That seems to be the story in our love, and our life. Our old house, is now our new home...full of old things renewed with love.
Such a perfect day, such a perfect love.